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  1. Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of season one. Well, not quite, you still have some information to sift through that wraps up the second half of my first season, but this should be the last update that is truly text heavy. As you may recall, the club was still unbeaten at the halfway stage, and top by eight points over rivals Orlando Pirates. It’s a pretty sweet effort considering how unstable the club looked when I arrived, plus things can only get better the longer I stay and continue to build. I’ll also have the first lot of stats at the end of the this update, though n
  2. So, with the introductions out of the way, it was time to dive in. Two footed as well, no messing about. I was a little apprehensive about what could be achieved, at least in the short term, given the quality of both the playing squad and the staff that were already in place. We had to start somewhere though. Just to recap, the Premier League season in South Africa is split into four periods. The first is eight games and lasts just over two months from late August to 1st November. The second is seven games and ends in mid-December. There is then about a six-week break for the AFCON or CHA
  3. True, and I get the domination in a smaller nation....but: 1) There can always be a slip up, somewhere, or a rotated squad, or a red card, or all three at once! 2) Even getting through that number of games is a serious achievement, regardless of result. Do you leave the house often? I mean, I know that most people haven't left the house for a good year, but you get what I mean
  4. Thank you matey, very kind of you to say. Hopefully things go our way, and I'll keep an eye on your thread as well :-)
  5. South Africa is now booted up as a playable league, it’s time to have a peek at what the game has been doing in the background whilst I’ve been conquering England with the mighty Owls. My knowledge of South African football starts and ends at the World Cup they hosted, vuvuzelas, Kaizer Chiefs (because of the band), and the fact Orlando Pirates are based there (and have a fun badge that is popular to use on FIFA Ultimate Team) Let’s have a look at what I stumbled upon once I took over at Ajax Cape Town. As always, click the spoiler for a proper read, or feel free to skim the Too Long
  6. Thanks matey, very kind indeed. Looking forward to SA, somewhere I've never been to on FM and a country I know pretty much zero about from a footballing perspective. Gonna push those frontiers and see what we can achieve, and prove real-life Ajax wrong!!
  7. And there it is! 10,000 thread views. That is class, and far exceeded my initial expectations. When I started, I just figured it'd be me posting here rather than bugging my friends, talking to myself and knocking the occasional update out! Thank you all so much, to people who just read, to those who post, and to anyone who pops a head in going forward. I appreciate it!
  8. I caught up with this thread over the weekend, it was highly enjoyable. I recently changed course with my own save, taking over Ajax Cape Town in the bid of helping South Africa become a world force: I'm interested in how the National Team have done since your 35 years or so of dominance? I seem to remember seeing that the country had won an AFCON? And they're the #1 nation in Africa? Would be interested to know how your success has moved the needle internationally. I'm also going to shamelessly steal your spreadsheet for the prospects that you've sold with various add on clau
  9. From Sheffield to South Africa - A Sheffield Wednesday, Ajax Cape Town (and probably other places) career So, here we are. Sheffield to South Africa. A fun little change of direction, I’d say! As you will have seen, I decided to call time on my Sheffield Wednesday career once I won the Premier League. Was there merit in defending my title? Trying to win the Champions League? Bringing further Cup glory to S6? Absolutely, without doubt. But it wasn’t something I was overly drawn to, and after six seasons. I fancied a change. With the team I’d assembled, most of them young and read
  10. Thanks matey, great to see you back again It was a fun run with Wednesday and I'm really pleased with how well this thread appears to be going so far. New update should be around next week I reckon!
  11. I'm not. My FM20 career will be continuing and I have no plans to upgrade, so you can look forward to seeing where I end up next!
  12. Just dropped into this one as I saw you had a topic (and you have of course poked your head into my topic on multiple occasions!) A fun read, love how you've dotted yourself around the globe so far, both domestically and internationally. Really interesting that you decided to turn down the France job, but fair play for wanting to see through what you'd already started. Will keep an eye on this one, good stuff!
  13. Awesome, great to have you along and thanks for taking the time to go through the stuff that has been posted to date. I'm not that far from starting the next chapter, just lining it up now. Should be in the next week or so, providing the UK bank holiday doesn't interfere with things in any way. Have a great long weekend!
  14. Oh my lord, I finally got a 5th page haha That 4th page was getting massive!! No plans to get FM21, even now it's gone down in price. 20 still fills my needs and I get so much more from enjoying a game world that I've watched evolve than starting with one that's up to date when I begin. I'm currently on the fence about posting my next adventure as it'll be a lengthy undertaking and once I start, I'll need to see it through. Write ups and collecting all the info does take time, but it is enjoyable so I'd imagine I will Plus, I still seem to be picking up a minimum of a couple of
  15. I sat at my desk, as I had so many countless hours before. Seemingly endless days and nights had moulded into a six-year journey in the blink of an eye. Pouring over the sort of fine detail and tough decision making that had landed Sheffield Wednesday their first topflight title since 1930. The Premier League winners medal still sat on top of the dark wood, one of the few elements of glistening light in what was now a room cast in darkness and shadow. The sun had long since set, only a desk lamp for illumination, allowing the silvery reflection from the medal to catch the eye. The me
  16. So we’d done it. For those that stayed with this thread to this point from such humble beginnings, my heartfelt thanks and admiration. For those who have popped in and out, you guys are pretty awesome to! Every upvote and comment drives me on to keep saving screen shots, writing, posting, it is all truly appreciated. Now that I’d managed to win the PL, I thought I’d throw in a post to summaries the squad that had done it. A lot of my updates mention the same names, Kean, Esposito, Pauly, or players get named when I buy them then are lost when they play regularly but don’t score etc.
  17. Europe is now the final mountain to climb! It feels like it is more a case of when than if, but that's assuming all the players keep coming through and developing. I miss those Sanderson days, I associate them with generally being pretty good and not a laughing stock like we are now! Tommy Doyle was a funny one, I couldn't be believe how close I got to signing him for nearly £100m and then how easy it was to get him for just over £30m ha! Thank you friend, mighty kind of you! It has been a fun ride :-)
  18. So here we are. It has been a long road. I couldn’t decide if it was longer than I expected, or shorter. More than 40 updates (this is #41) had spanned six highly enjoyable seasons as I tried to push Sheffield Wednesday to pinnacle of English football. And now, I was one good result away from doing it. Sadly, I also didn’t know what else to do. I suppose when you set your sights on climbing a mountain, there’s the elation from doing it, but then I’d imagine some form of natural come down once you’ve achieved your goal and wonder where to go next. The Wait Is Over I pon
  19. Haha, always leave 'em wanting more!! It is surely only a matter of time though, unless I manage a monumental "wheels come off" moment over the last few games. As for United, that was beautiful. Gutted that the stars didn't align to win the league and send them down, but still, can't complain! I'm still undefeated against them, but it may be a while before I meet them again.
  20. Ah, here we are again. Still in lockdown. Still home schooling. Still furloughed from work. It's been three weeks since my last post it appears, a shameful effort. Sadly, my time isn't my own at the moment. It's a shame that as we close in on what could be the defining moment of my story so far, I'm literally grinding to a halt with content, but that one is largely out of my control. Still, I can hope that absence from my FM whitterings truly does make the heart grow fonder. Or, most will have forgotten what had happened and why they were here in the first place. Still, thanks for co
  21. Apologies to you all, once again. Between full time furlough, home schooling kids, and general lock down life, I've simply not been at my computer very much the last few weeks (and when I have, it's been to do Zoom calls and maths work!) But here's another update, hopefully it is worth the wait!! With 2025 dawning, we moved into January as the top team in the land. By some way as well, seven points the lead was as we looked to win our first ever PL title. It still felt like a big ask, but at the half way stage we couldn’t have done much more. With some more savvy business in the Janu
  22. After a self-imposed absence to eat my body weight in terrible yet delicious food, embrace the prospect of yet another lock down, begin said lock down and then get back to working once again, I have returned. As you may recall, we had ended October in the rarefied air of 1st place in the Premier League. Top of the tree. Numero Uno. Of course, they don’t hand out the title in November, so now we had to make sure we continued the form that was required to stay ahead of the chasing pack. When that group contains both the clubs from Manchester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and the rest, th
  23. Apologies, just catching up with this one. Love the update! Brings back memories of how razor thin I found the margins to be when I was in the Championship, and how much of a difference the right loan signings can make! I didn't feel I was equipped for the PL either, but we made it work in the end. A few summer signings and a couple of loans and you'll be in better shape than you think. Seems like a world away for me now! Keep me posted with how you get on, always love to hear from people who are following along.
  24. I wanted to pop my head in once again to say that I will be disappearing for a few weeks so things will no doubt be a little quieter. The vast majority of my writing, playing and posting time comes during the week and over the Christmas and New Year period I doubt I'll be in front of my laptop much if at all. Rather than just disappear without a word as this thread more than likely tumbles down the pages, I wanted to put something up to say I will be back, I'm just going off to enjoy some family time etc. To everyone that has read, supported, followed, posted, thank you so much.
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